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Spiritual Family

“Then he pointed to his disciples and said, 'Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!'" -Matthew 12:49-50 Each of us has a family we were born into, or adopted by. We didn't choose our family. Some of us enjoy and have kinship in the family we were born with, and some of us don't. For many people, the relationships in our families are bittersweet. But, thankfully when we are born again, we are adopted into an entirely new family! We are grafted into this family due to our faith. (Romans 11:23) However, being a part of this family has it's own challenges which can result in our character development, learning

A Three-Stranded Cord

“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” -Ecclesiastes 4:12 One day I was talking with a friend who described how she was delivered from anxiety. “I was always stuck in my head,” she said, “It was like no matter what I did I kept thinking about something over and over again in my mind, replaying the possibilities. I couldn’t get away from my own thoughts of anxiety and fear.” She then shared what changed. “There were three things, in tandem, that helped me. First, reading the word - and not just reading the Bible, but meditating upon it. There would be a verse on anxiety, and I would meditate upon that verse.

The Resiliency Factor

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it." -Revelation 2:17 There is a lot of doubt and discouragement in our fallen world. Many bad things happen to innocent people, and many unfair things happen to good people. However, this doesn't give us an excuse to give up fighting the good fight. As Christians, Jesus gives us a special edge - the resiliency factor. The resiliency factor, or being an overcomer, has to do with being flexible and bendable, but not breakable. This is because we have learned through

Serving with Heart

“I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; be merciful and gracious to me according to Your promise." Psalms 119:58 I went to the dealership to get an oil change for my car. It was a rainy day, and I was late for my appointment. I was met by a very friendly-looking gentleman with with a warm smile who promptly greeted me as I drove up. As I got out of the car, he attentively listened to my needs. There was no problem with my request, even if it wasn't a costly service. "Certainly," he said. "We can get that taken care of for you." The cool thing about it was he was genuinely sincere and he didn't do his job begrudgingly. He seemed to find joy in helping people. It didn’t matter if it

Supernatural Productivity

“...if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here." -Exodus 33:15 Do you want to be more productive in your life? It seems there are more books written, blogs created, and seminars conducted on increasing personal productivity than ever before. After all, if time equals money, then our best asset would be to increase the amount of time we have, and decrease the time it takes to accomplish various tasks. In America, we are a particularly performance-driven society. Anything that could save us time definitely grabs our attention! But, are we missing something when we look merely at better ways to get things done? Sure, this is helpful and practical, but - are we missin

Unlock the Door

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven." -Matthew 16:19 Recently we had new keys made for our office. Our office manager instructed me to go to a local lock and key store. I had never been to a store just for keys, but when I went inside what I found was pretty cool. There were big keys, small keys, new keys, old keys - I felt a bit like Dr. Seuss! There were beautiful, old, ornate keys, and some that were plain and modern too. There were rainbow keys, leopard keys, flower keys - you name it, they had it. I thought about how this relate

Finding True Contentment

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." -Psalm 37:4 In certain faith circles, we can often confuse our faith in God with our expectation of God. We might be taught to expect the miracle and wait for God to make it happen. But, we can become frustrated in the waiting. We lack the balance of working our own miracle and still trusting God for the outcome. How can we ever be happy when we still don’t have our miracle in spite of our belief? Isn't He a good God? I believe the dream has to die first. Anything that is bigger than God in our lives God will deal with in our hearts. HE wants to be the sole rescuer of our hearts and the love of our lives. Sometim

Wholehearted Faith

"I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the Lord, sent me from Kadesh-barnea to explore the land of Canaan. I returned and gave an honest report, but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God." -Joshua 14:7-8 Caleb was a scout for the tribe of Israel. He went into the land God had promised Israel with 11 other scouts to see what was there. Caleb was the only one who came back with a positive report, in spite of the obstacles they saw. He trusted in God, and if God said He was going to deliver the land to the Israelites, well, he believed Him! Caleb tried to quiet the people as they sto

Love in the Face of Rejection

"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." -1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Have you ever been rejected? I think all of us have experienced rejection at some point in our lives. If you're an actor or musician, you might experience much more rejection than the rest of us. But most people who experience a lot of success in any field have experienced much rejection. That's what makes their success more ra

Choosing God Every Day

"The one thing I ask of the LORD - the thing I seek most - is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD's perfections and meditating in his Temple." -Psalm 27:4 Every day, we decide what we're going to do that day. We choose what to wear, what to have for breakfast, and we may make a to do list for that day to decide what needs to be accomplished. Every day also, we decide who we are serving - are we serving ourselves and our own desires, or are we serving God and what He desires? Just as we choose our spouses over and over day after day over someone else, (if we are married), or choose every day to keep ourselves pure if we are not married, we have a c

Childlike Faith

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." -Matthew 18:5 Have you ever shared your testimony with someone and they said something like, "Oh, that's stupid. Why on earth would you believe that was God? That's just mere coincidence. It's so obvious. Why are you so gullible?" "But I know it was true!" you say. Still, the sting of their words may stick with us. There have been times when I've shared my testimony of how God used the symbol of a rainbow to bring me back to Him, and

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